2007-02-16 / Community

PHC Gets Renewed Accreditation For MRI System

Peninsula Hospital Center, affiliate of the North Shore-LIJ Health Sys-tem, has recently been renewed for a three-year term accreditation for its Siemens 1.5T SYMPHONY Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology, mak-ing it the only such ACR accredited facility having a 1.5 Tesla High Field Strength MRI scanner on the Rock-away peninsula. The ACR, headquar-tered in Reston, Virginia awards ac-creditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice stan-dards after a peer review evaluation. Rigorous evaluations were conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists, experts in the field who assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment. The surveyors then reported their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation and renewed Hospital Center's ACR accreditation through December 2009.

Committed to offering its patients the latest advances in medical technology, Peninsula Hospital Center prides itself on its Siemens 1.5 Tesla MRI Scanner, a very powerful machine that produces much greater imaging clarity than some low-field strength ("open") MRI scanners. The Hospital Center's MRI is able to provide high resolution scans of the body and is used for studies of the carotid arteries, cerebral vessels, aorta and lower extremities. In addition, PHC's equipment allows testing to be done in less time, with most scans taking 15 minutes.

The Imaging Services team, under the expert supervision of Dr. Stanley Sprecher, Dr. Richard Steinberg and Jim Martinez, Administrative Direc-tor of Radiology, leads Peninsula Hospital Center to excellence. MRI technologists Jeff Papkin, Michael Barnett and Michael Kennedy are all ARRT and MRI certified. Accredita-tion by the ACR demonstrates a commitment to quality care and pa-tient safety.

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